A decision made by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in September about mail-in ballots could determine the outcome of the 2020 election.
A judicial opinion written by the state’s justices on Sept. 18 allows for ballots sent up to three days after the election to be counted.
Ballots without a postmark are still legally eligible to be counted in Pennsylvania as if they were mailed on Election Day.
Read it for yourself: the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ALL ballots received after Election Day, even those WITHOUT a postmark, MUST be assumed to have been legally cast. https://t.co/8CXcygSKH3 pic.twitter.com/5UTIqA3Vs8
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 4, 2020
This could be a huge bonus for Democrats, who are more likely to vote by mail.
An estimated 1 million mail-in ballots were waiting to be counted Wednesday in the Keystone State.
We thank you for your patience. Election officials in Pennsylvania are accurately counting every single ballot. Find trusted and accurate election updates: https://t.co/3XklQZf57Y pic.twitter.com/e9UGTGogGb
— PA Department of State (@PAStateDept) November 4, 2020
But this should be no surprise to anyone who has been following the build up to the election closely, as Pennsylvania is a battleground state that Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016.
The Times had Biden leading Wednesday afternoon with 237 electoral votes to Trump’s 214.
Trump expressed his concerns about election results in a statement from the White House early Wednesday morning.
“We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election,” the president said.
“We want the law to be used in a proper manner so we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he declared.
It was unclear what exactly the Trump legal team would be challenging in court, as ballots were still being counted.
While there have been some strange numbers coming out of Michigan and Pennsylvania will likely take awhile, Trump should not have claimed victory.
This election could potentially be decided by the Supreme Court, and he needs to be very careful with his words to make sure nothing is used against him and his campaign in court.
Trump and Biden are in an extremely tight race, so both campaigns need to be strategic with the battles they pick in the coming days.
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